Eagles fall to undefeated Saints
Freshman Hassler goes 2 for 3, scores twice
St. Michaels 8 N. Dorchester 2 ST. MICHAELS — The St. Michaels softball team continued its roll through the Bayside Conference on Friday with an 8-2 victory over North Dorchester to improve to 13-0 on the season and 6-0 in the North Bayside.
Junior pitcher Angelica Sichette and senior catcher Melissa Richardson led the Saints in the field and at the plate against the Eagles. Sichette fired six innings, struck out three, scattered four hits, and gave up two unearned runs.
Richardson went 2 for 4 with a 2-run triple and got a key 2-out hit in the first inning that led to the Saints’ first run when they had trailed 1-0.
“Angelica and Melissa have done and outstanding job for us all season,” said St. Michaels head coach Dave Fisher. “Angelica has been working really hard on her pitches and keeping us in games. She really digs in, goes one pitch at a time and controls the game ver y well.
“We know everyone is going to hit in the Bayside,” he added. “We’ve worked on knowing your defense is behind you and having the confidence to throw your pitch. Melissa is calling the pitches from behind the plate, and Angelica trusts her to throw those pitches. I’m really proud of the effort. This was a great team win.”
North Dorchester (3-11, 1-5) got on the board in the top of the first inning. Leadoff hitter Keirstyn Hassler (2 for 3, 2 runs) singled to right. Her aggressive base running led to a throwing error and she reached third. She then scored on a double steal.
Eagle pitcher Brooke Morton retired the first two Saints and got a two-strike count on Richardson, but the senior connected with a single to right. Richardson then stole second and moved to third on a passed ball. She tied the game at 1-1, scoring on a wild pitch.
Sichette settled in, allowing 3 hits over the next 5 innings and not walking a batter. North Dorchester did hit several balls hard during the stretch, but infielders McKenna Browning, Chase Browning, Layla Berry and Savannah Stewart all made key plays to take hits away from the Eagles.
In the bottom of the third, Sam Romberger used her speed to beat out an infield hit. A bunt by Berry sacrificed Romberger to second, but the speedy leadoff hitter kept going and advanced to third. Her aggressive base running gave the Saints a 2-1 lead when she scored on a passed ball.
Sichette helped herself by blasting a double off the left-field fence. She scored to make it 3-1 on a double by Chase Browning. Another passed ball scored Browning to increase the St. Michaels lead to 4-1 in the inning.
Morton kept the Eagles close all game, though, allowing 6 hits in a complete-game effort. All of Morton’s runs were unearned.
“Brooke has been the workhorse for the majority part of this year, and she has pitched really well,” said North Dorchester head coach Carol Hubbard. “Today, she threw a really good game. She gave us a chance to win. If we can eliminate some mistakes here and there behind Brooke, it is a different ball game.”
In the sixth, the Eagles threatened with Keirstyn Hassler leading off with a single and then stealing second. Morton ripped a liner to third, but the quick hands by McKenna Browning caught the ball for the first out.
Brooke Abey then ripped a pitch to second. A high throw allowed her to reach first, and Keirstyn Hassler raced home to make it 4-2. Abey sprinted to second when the ball was thrown home, but Richardson fired a strike to Chase Browning to get the out at second. Sichette ended the threat by inducing a grounder for the third out.
Hubbard praised freshman Keirstyn Hassler for her aggressive play
“Keirstyn creates a lot of headaches for other teams,” she said. “She is very aggressive on the bases. She forces other teams to make mistakes. Both our runs today came from her.
“She is a great hitter,” she added. “She does an outstanding job in the field. Keirstyn can play infield and outfield. Today, she played second and short. In the first inning, she saved two runs with a play second.”
The Saints added four runs in the sixth with Stewart and Allison Clem scoring on errors and Richardson ripping a 2-run triple to right to make it 8-2.
McKenna Browning took over in the seventh to finish, recording a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts.
North Dorchester’s Keirstyn Hassler fires to first for an out against St. Michaels Friday, April 29.
North Dorchester’s Maddi Nossick fires to first for an out against St. Michaels Friday, April 29.